European insurers can stand up and be proud of their portfolios. According to a survey of asset management practices of European insurers and money management firms, the European insurance marketplace has experienced strong growth, outpacing inflation over the last five years with a compound annual growth rate of 6.25%. Life insurers’ investment portfolios predominate the European insurance market due to the financial planning and wealth management orientation of life insurance (e.g. permanent life, annuities, insured pensions).

“IFI European Insurance Asset Manager Annual Survey” was designed by Insurance Finance & Investment, published by WorldTrade Executive Inc., in partnership with Patpatia Associates to be a tool for insurance companies when selecting a third-party manager. It found that insurers have become leading asset gatherers in the European marketplace, accounting for more than 27% of all assets under management and 41% of all institutional client assets. Understanding the market implications of the increasingly sophisticated investment activities of insurers is critical for both insurance companies and other wealth managers to remain competitive.

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